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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

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David Fincher

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Eric Roth (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Daisy
Brad Pitt ... Benjamin Button
Julia Ormond ... Caroline
Faune Chambers Watkins ... Dorothy Baker (as Faune Chambers)
Elias Koteas ... Monsieur Gateau
Donna Duplantier Donna Duplantier ... Blanche Devereux
Jacob Tolano Jacob Tolano ... Martin Gateau (as Jacob Wood)
Earl Maddox Earl Maddox ... Man at Train Station
Ed Metzger ... Teddy Roosevelt
Jason Flemyng ... Thomas Button
Danny Vinson ... Priest Giving Last Rites
David Jensen ... Doctor at Benjamin's Birth
Joeanna Sayler Joeanna Sayler ... Caroline Button
Taraji P. Henson ... Queenie
Mahershala Ali ... Tizzy (as Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
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Storyline

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams (nee Fuller) is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards, being diagnosed with several aging diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival, but who does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. Daisy's grandmother was a resident at that home, which is where she first met Benjamin. Although separated through the years, Daisy and Benjamin remain in contact throughout their lives, reconnecting in their forties when in age they finally match up. Some of the revelations ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Benjamin Button See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,853,816, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,509,326

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,932,083
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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The film takes place on November 11, 1918 and in 1925, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1954, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1981, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2003, and 2005. See more »

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When Captain Mike was shot in his boat, he falls down on right side, maneuvering boat to the right, but boat maneuvers to left as it starts approaching submarine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daisy: What are you looking at, Caroline?
Caroline: The wind, mom.
[yawns]
Caroline: They say the hurricane is coming.
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Ain't Misbehavin'
Written by Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, and Fats Waller (as Thomas 'Fats' Waller)
Performed by Cliff Jackson
Courtesy of DA MUSIC GmbH & Co KG, Germany
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Coldness and Warmth
10 January 2009 | by axlgarlandSee all my reviews

Technically, like most of Davin Fincher's movies, "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" is a wonder. The curious saga of a man ageing backwards, gives Fincher the possibility of doing what he does best, tricks. It is the drama part that he doesn't seem to master or perhaps he doesn't care. "Zodiac" was his most coherent dramatic venture. Here he gets infatuated by the CGI and manages some spectacular punches but it is thanks to Brad Pitt the the exercise has a soul. He is truly remarkable. He manages to overcome the distraction of the gadgetry and show us the interior of the man. Brad Pitt's warmth wins over David Fincher's coldness and the most successful parts of the film are reflected in Brad Pitt's eyes. Geared towards an inexorable ending, there are moments of real beauty and tenderness. I'm convinced those moments could have been captured with a Super 8. The over direction of Fincher puts the emotional undertone in real jeopardy but, thankfully, the overall experience is mostly a welcome and rewarding one.


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